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NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 12: Oscar Statues are displayed at the 2007 “Meet the Oscars” presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on February 12, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Just like Schitt’s Creeks very own Moira Rose, my favourite season is awards season and we are nearing the end of the strangest and most unpredictable awards season we have ever seen. The season is culminating with the 93rd Academy Awards (25th April 2021). In this article, I will be giving a run down of the all of the nominations and who I think will take home the biggest prizes come Oscar night (and if given the choice who I would hand the Oscars out to.
*DISCLAIMER: I have only predicted the categories for which I have seen the nominations.*

Best Picture:

Nominations: The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Nomadland looks on course to take the Best Picture Oscar.

2020 was an awful year for many factors of peoples lives, however it was a very good year for film. This is one of the best lineups for Best Picture in recent memory. Nomadland is the clear frontrunner with Promising Young Woman, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Minari looking to be its closest competitors.

PREDICTED WINNER- NOMADLAND
MY CHOICE- NOMADLAND

Best Director:

Nominations: Chloe Zhao, David Fincher, Emerald Fennell, Lee Isaac Chung, Thomas Vinterberg.

Chloe Zhao has so far stormed awards season.

When the nominations were announced, Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round) earning a nomination was my favourite surprise nomination of all the nominations, along with Emerald Fennell (Promsing Young Woman), although that wasn’t much of a surprise! However, I can’t look much further than Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) becoming only the second woman to ever take home the Best Director award.

PREDICTED WINNER: CHLOE ZHAO
MY CHOICE: CHLOE ZHAO

Best Actress:

Nominations: Andra Day, Carey Mulligan, Frances McDormand, Vanessa Kirby, Viola Davis.

Carey Mulligan shines in Promising Young Woman.

This category has been completely blown wide open. Each of these actresses would be worthy of taking home the Oscar with each delivering fantastic performances and I would be happy with any of them winning. Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman) looked to be the early frontrunner however with Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) taking home the SAG Award, Andra Day (The United States VS Billie Holliday) winning the Golden Globe and only Frances McDormand (Nomadland) and Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman) up for BAFTA, this category certainly does have a spanner in the works for many.

PREDICTED WINNER- VIOLA DAVIS
MY CHOICE- CAREY MULLIGAN

Best Actor:

Nominations: Anthony Hopkins, Chadwick Boseman, Gary Oldman, Riz Ahmed, Steven Yeun.

Chadwick Boseman looks certain to win the award for Best Actor.

All three of Gary Oldman (Mank), Steven Yeun (Minari) and Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) are all fantastic in their films this year and are fully deserving of their Oscar nominations however none are in with a look in, in my opinion. Despite Anthony Hopkins (The Father) producing the best performance of the year with a crushing and heartbreaking portrayal of a man with dementia, this looks like Chadwick Boseman’s (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) Oscar to lose.

PREDICTED WINNER: CHADWICK BOSEMAN
MY CHOICE: ANTHONY HOPKINS

Best Supporting Actress:

Nominations: Amanda Seyfried, Glenn Close, Maria Bakalova, Olivia Colman, Yuh-Jung Youn.

Olivia Colman could take her home her second Oscar in two years.

For me this is the hardest category to predict for this year with no clear frontrunner. Jodie Foster (The Mauritanian) took home the Golden Globe in this category and she isn’t even nominated for the Oscar. Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) and Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari) are the only two nominated in this category at the BAFTA’s. Despite Amanda Seyfried dazzling in Mank, I can’t see her being in the running. Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy) is fully deserving of an Oscar however this again won’t be her year. That leaves Maria Bakolava, Olivia Colman (The Father) and Yuh-Jung Youn- it could really be any of them!

PREDICTED WINNER: YUH-JUNG YOUN
MY CHOICE: OLIVIA COLMAN

Best Supporting Actor:

Predictions: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Leslie Odom Jr, Paul Raci, Sacha Baron Cohen.

Daniel Kaluuyas win looks set in stone.

One of the most fun Best Supporting Actor categories in recent memory, all are deserving to win the Oscar. The standout of them all however is Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah). It’s his award to lose.

PREDICTED WINNER: DANIEL KALUUYA
MY CHOICE: DANIEL KALUUYA

Best Animated Feature:

Nominations: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Onward, Over the Moon, Soul, Wolfwalkers.

Soul debuted on Disney+ to rave reviews from critics and audience alike.

There was some talk at the start of awards season that Soul could be in line for a Best Picture nod. This hasn’t happened however I think it is a shoo-in to take home the Best Animated Feature prize. It will have some strong competition from Onward and Wolfwalkers however it is likely to be a favourite amongst the Academy voters.

PREDICTED WINNER: SOUL
MY CHOICE: WOLFWALKERS

Best International Feature:

Nominations: Another Round, Better Days, Collective, The Man Who Sold His Skin, Quo Vadis, Aida?

Another Round (Denmark) looks to be the clear frontrunner.

Like Parastite last year, Another Round looks certain to take home the Best International Feature award, and deservedly so. It’s easily one of my favourite watches from last year. Quo Vadis, Aida? could provide some competition however Thomas Vinterberg’s nod for Best Director looks to have all but sealed the win.

PREDICTED WINNER: ANOTHER ROUND
MY CHOICE: ANOTHER ROUND

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Nominations: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Nomadland, One Night in Miami, The Father, The White Tiger.

Sacha Baron Cohen is nominated for the second time in this category, once again for Borat.

The screenplay categories always plays a pivotal role in predicting who will take home the Best Picture award and this year could be no different. Nomadland looks to be the clear frontrunner with The Father picking up some momentum. Whilst Nomadland is a fantastic piece of filmmaking, the screenplay is not it’s biggest plus point, whereas The Father relies heavily on its dialogue. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm could make a late rally, it’s probably Sacha Baron Cohen’s best chance of taking an award come Oscars night.

PREDICTED WINNER: NOMADLAND
MY CHOICE: THE FATHER

Best Original Screenplay:

Nominations: Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Best Original Screenplay could be the best opportunity for Minari to take home an award.

Possibly the most wide open and heavily contested category. Each of these screenplays would be a worthy winner. Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) looks set to be in the lead, and rightfully so, however Minari is breathing down its neck. You can also never rule out an Aaron Sorkin screenplay (The Trial of the Chicago 7) to be a favourite amongst the Academy voters.

PREDICTED WINNER: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
MY CHOICE: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Best Cinematography:
Nominations: Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, News of the World, NOMADLAND (PREDICTED WINNER+MY CHOICE), The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Best Editing:
Nominations: THE FATHER (MY CHOICE), Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (PREDICTED WINNER). 

Best Production Design:
Nominations: The Father, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, MANK (PREDICTED WINNER+MY CHOICE), News of the World, Tenet.

Best Visual Effects:
Nominations: Love and Monsters, Mulan, TENET (PREDICTED WINNER+MY CHOICE), The Midnight Sky, The One and Only Ivan.

Original Score:
Nominations: Da 5 Bloods, Mank, MINARI (MY CHOICE), News of the World, SOUL (PREDICTED WINNER). *TENET WAS ROBBED OF A NOMINATION*

Original Song:
Nominations: Fight For You: Judas and the Black Messiah, HEAR MY VOICE: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (MY CHOICE) Husavik: Eurovision Song Contest, Io Si: The Life Ahead, SPEAK NOW: ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI (PREDICTED WINNER).

Best Sound:
Nominations: Greyhound, Mank, News of the World, SOUL (MY CHOICE), SOUND OF METAL (PREDICTED WINNER).

Best Costume Design:
Nominations: EMMA (MY CHOICE), MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (PREDICTED WINNER), Mank, Mulan, Pinocchio.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
Nominations: Emma, Hillbilly Elegy, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (MY CHOICE+PREDICTED WINNER), Mank, Pinocchio.

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23 years old-Manchester-Film Studies Graduate-Qualified Film and Media Teacher-Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Olivia Colman enthusiast. Check out my Letterboxd for more reviews and film goodness. letterboxd.com/joelhowarth

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PARAMOUNT+ Reveals UK Launch Date, Pricing, Distribution Partners & More

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Paramount+, the global streaming service from Paramount Global, will launch in the UK and Ireland on 22 June 2022. After countless months of waiting It was announced by the company reporting their first-quarter earnings call on 3 of May, during which Paramount’s President and CEO, Bob Bakish, outlines global expansion plans for the streaming service. 

The ongoing momentum of Paramount+ will also see the service launch in South Korea in June, with further launches planned in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria in the second half of the year. Additionally, in 2023, Paramount+ will launch in India in partnership with Viacom 18, as part of a recently announced agreement, and is poised to participate in this fast-growing market. 

“Paramount is known for its leading portfolio of premium entertainment brands and a robust content engine that fuels our rapidly expanding streaming service, Paramount+. This year will be monumental for our streaming strategy as we accelerate our global ambitions, rapidly expanding Paramount+ in Europe beginning with the UK, Italy, Germany, France and more by the end of this year and debut in Asia with South Korea in June, followed by India in 2023,” said Raffaele Annecchino, President and CEO, International Networks, Studios and Streaming, Paramount Global.  “With an already expansive global footprint and a strong, long-term market-by-market strategy, we are well-poised to continue our positive momentum.” 

Maria Kyriacou, President, Australia, Canada, Israel and UK, Paramount, said, “The addition of Paramount+ to our strong portfolio of free-to-air, pay-TV and streaming services will broaden the range of choice available to our audiences in the UK and Ireland. Paramount+ will be a one-stop destination for Paramount’s biggest brands, where fans of all ages can find exclusive original premium content, global hits, and discover a world of favourites from Paramount’s vast catalogue.” 

PRICING AND DISTRIBUTION

In the UK, Paramount+ will be available online at

https://www.paramountplus.com/

and on mobile and a wide range of connected TV devices via the Paramount+ app, via broad direct-to-consumer distribution through Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku® and Samsung, with more platforms to be announced in the coming months. Users will be able to sign up to the service for £6.99 per month/£69.90 per annum in the UK, after a free seven-day trial*.   

Paramount+ will launch on Sky platforms in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria in 2022 as part of a new multi-year distribution agreement that also includes the extended carriage of Paramount’s leading portfolio of pay TV channels. Sky Cinema subscribers will get the bonus of Paramount+ included at no extra cost. 

ROBUST CONTENT SLATE

Paramount+ will launch in the UK with a broad content slate of more than 8,000 hours of content for the whole family, spanning new and exclusive Paramount+ originals, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from Paramount’s world-renowned brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME®, Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.  

In addition, Paramount+ is home to some of the world’s most beloved franchises in the world. Audiences in the UK will have access to the Star Trek universe; and the library and new seasons of Taylor Sheridan’s critically acclaimed Yellowstone series. South Park and the MTV Shores 

will also be available, and kids and families franchises, this include SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Rugrats plus new originals based on Nickelodeon’s most beloved characters such as Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.   

PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINALS

Some of the most anticipated Paramount+ and SHOWTIME® originals from the US, UK and other international markets will be available in the UK and Ireland when the service launches, including HALO, 1883, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Offer, Mayor of Kingstown, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, The First Lady, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Queen of the Universe and Jerry & Marge Go Large. 

These will join premium international scripted Paramount+ originals produced by VIS – the international studio division of Paramount Global – in association with independent production companies in the UK and around the world. Previously announced original UK dramas heading to Paramount+ include Sexy Beast, A Gentleman in Moscow, Flatshare, The Burning Girls, The Ex-Wife and The Blue. 

Scripted originals from around the world include

Los Enviados (The Envoys) (Mexico) and Cecilia (Mexico) – both of which have been renewed for a second season; Simon Beckett’s Chemistry of Death (Germany); The Signal (France); Bosé (Spain); Fallaci (Italy); At Midnight (Mexico); and more.   

Hours of original factual titles from the UK production community will also be available, including Haunted, The Box, Rise of the Tech Titans, MH370: The Lost Flight, Chalet Girls, LA Hairdressers, Fashion House, Pervert: Catching the Strip Search Caller and Girl Taken. 

KIDS AND FAMILY

Thousands of hours of Kids and Family content on the service will include Paramount+ Original series Fairly Odd Parents: Fairly Odder, iCarly S1 & S2, the reimagined Rumble and Big Nate. They will join original TV movies, including Honour Society, Promposal, Little Wing, Snow Day, Nicole From Last Night and Blue’s Big City Adventure. 

BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES

Paramount+ will offer unlimited access to blockbuster movies with new releases like

Scream 5, time-proven classics such as Grease and Star Trek, and family-friendly selections like PAW Patrol: The Movie, Clifford The Big Red Dog and more. 

EXCLUSIVE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Also coming to the UK service this year are Paramount+ exclusives The Thing About Pam and Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons. They join other exclusive titles including South Park: Post Covid and South Park: Post Covid: The Return to Covid, as well as Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, The First Lady and The Man Who Fell to Earth.  


Paramount+ is a global digital subscription video streaming service from Paramount that features a mountain of premium entertainment for audiences of all ages. Internationally, the streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME®, BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel™, in addition to a robust offering of premier local content. The service is currently live in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Nordics, and Australia.   

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Angela Bassett Says Black Panther 2 Will Surpass The First

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Recently actress and Black Panther star Angela Bassett who plays Ramonda (mother of Shuri and T’Challa) reflected on filming Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman’s impact on the upcoming sequel and a tidbit as to what we can expect going forward. Marvel has remained tight lipped after Boseman’s tragic passing as to how the events of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ will play out, without its main star.

Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett – Black Panther [photo credit: Marvel Studios]

The set of Black Panther 2 has already experienced its share of set backs, via Covid-19 and a stunt injury to lead actress Letitia Wright who plays Shuri, the sister of T’Challa.

Recently on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Angela Bassett praised Director Ryan Coogler for his work on Black Panther 2 saying it will “Top” the first film. She also went on to praise Chadwick Boseman saying he was inspiration in “Raising the standard.” while adding:

“He was such an example, such a leader. Amazing talent, we all know that; big heart, great intellect. And we just hope to raise the standard, you know.”

Black Panther 2 does not plan to replace Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa), instead, Ryan Coogler and Marvel  plan to move forward in a way that honors Boseman’s legacy while pushing forward with a new inspiring cinematic story, set in Wakanda.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit theaters in November. 

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2022 Oscar Snubs:

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Last week, we finally got the nominations for the 2022 Academy Awards, the biggest event in any film fans diary. In this piece, I will be looking through some of the people who may feel unlucky not to be getting glammed up on the 27th March. As a disclaimer, these snubs may not necessarily be films/people that I wanted to see in the lineup. Just ones that will feel aggrieved at not having a nomination.

Best Picture:
This years Best Picture lineup is not one of the strongest lineups we’ve seen, especially when compared to some past years. There are a few films that will feel aggrieved to not be in the running…

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Joel Coen tackling one of the most famous plays from William Shakespeare with Academy favourites Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as your two stars certainly feels like the perfect recipe for Oscars success. The Tragedy of Macbeth landed 3 Oscar nominations in total and will feel like it could have snuck into the Best Picture running.

The Lost Daughter

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, The Lost Daughter, is an excellent debut and considering it picked up 3 Oscar nods for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay, it will feel like it should have its place in the running for Best Picture.

In the Heights

The feel good film of 2021, In the Heights was a popular film amongst both audiences and critics which should have resulted in some love from the Academy. If I had my way, this would have been in the Best Picture running.

House of Gucci

The definition of ‘Oscar bait’. A biopic about a huge scandal in one of the most famous and luxurious fashion families in the world, with Ridley Scott at the helm and a cast that includes the great Al Pacino…its a shock that this wasn’t in the running.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Strange and Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.

This was always going to be a long shot, but with the mega box office, the campaigning by Marvel, the overall popularity of the picture and the Academy trying to become more ‘relevant’, it wouldn’t have been *that* big of a surprise if the film had snuck into the Best Picture running.

Best Director:
Denis Villeneuve

Easily the biggest snub from this years Oscars lineup. It is absolutely crazy that the Academy doesn’t recognise the director of a film that picked up 10 nominations in total…

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Another Best Director snub is first timer Maggie Gyllenhaal. This would have been a long shot but it would have been fantastic to have seen Gyllenhaal make her way into this illustrious group.

Guillermo Del Toro

Another one of the Academy’s favourites, Guillermo Del Toro feels like a big snub in this race, especially given the quality of the film on offer with Nightmare Alley.

Best Actress:
Alana Haim

The breakout star of 2021, Alana Haim was perfect in Licorice Pizza and was fully deserving of a Best Actress nod.

Emilia Jones

Another breakout star of 2021, Emilia Jones should have been in the conversation a lot more this awards season for her leading role in the wonderful and heart wrenching CODA.

Jodie Comer

The Last Duel is probably the biggest suffering film in terms of awards snubs. This should have been in the conversation for all of the major awards but the leading snub from the film is hands down Jodie Comer. She is breathtaking in the picture.

Lady Gaga

Probably the biggest surprise of the Oscars nominations was Lady Gaga’s snub from the Best Actress race. The majority of people were expecting Gaga to be a potential winner in this topsy turvy category so to see her snubbed came as a huge surprise. I have to say though, if Gaga missing out means Kristen Stewart gets in, I’m happy…

Best Actor:
Leonardo Di Caprio

Say what you want about Don’t Look Up as a film (a lot of people have said a lot of stuff). One thing that can’t be denied though is the quality of some of the performances, namely Leonardo Di Caprio. One of the Academy’s favourite actors, it is a surprise not to see them give him another nomination.

Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage is one of the finest working actors out there, continually putting in great performances throughout the years. It would have been wonderful to see Dinklage finally land an Oscar nod for Cyrano.

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper is well overdue an Oscar win, he should have won for A Star is Born back in 2019. In Nightmare Alley, he gives one of his best performances and one that has definitely been overlooked by the Academy voters.

Nicolas Cage

Another long shot, but Nicolas Cage gives his best performance in years in the excellent Pig. It would have been quite the turn from the Academy to recognise this kind of performance but I for one would have loved it.

Best Supporting Actress
Caitriona Balfe

Say what you want about Belfast but the quality of the performances cannot be denied. In fact the best two performances have been snubbed by the Academy. Firstly, Caitriona Balfe puts in the best performance in the film and it is a travesty that the Academy has overlooked her (no criticism to Dame Judi who I love).

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett is an actor who continually puts in fantastic performance after fantastic performance. In Nightmare Alley she delivers a cold and fatal performance that deserved recognition.

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin is another who gives an excellent performance in CODA. It was amazing to see Troy Kotsur nominated but it would have been lovely to have seen his on screen partner pick up a nod too.

Ann Dowd and Martha Plimpton

Mass is a film filled with four devastating performances. Four performances that could have easily been nominated in the Oscars this year. Ann Dowd and Martha Plimpton are both excellent and both would have been worthy of a nod this year.

Best Supporting Actor:
Jamie Dornan

Like Balfe, Jamie Dornan also puts in an excellent performance in Belfast, probably the best of his career. He gives a charismatic and likeable performance in a film the Academy voters seem to love.

Mike Faist

Mike Faist puts in a great performance in West Side Story, one of the best in the film, that is fully deserving of an Oscar nomination.

Woody Norman

C’mon C’mon is another one of those overlooked films in the awards season this year that deserved a lot more love. Woody Norman is excellent in the film and it would have been incredible to see him in the Supporting Actor race.

Jason Isaacs and Reed Birney

Again, Mass is a film filled with four devastating performances. Four performances that could have easily been nominated in the Oscars this year. Reed Birney and, in particular, Jason Isaacs are both excellent and both would have been worthy of a nod this year.

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